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Politics and TheaterThe Crisis of Legitimacy in Restoration France, 1815-1830$
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Sheryl Kroen

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780520222144

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520222144.001.0001

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Introduction Staging Monarchy in a Postrevolutionary World

Introduction Staging Monarchy in a Postrevolutionary World

(p.1) Introduction Staging Monarchy in a Postrevolutionary World
Politics and Theater

Sheryl Kroen

University of California Press

This section renders an explanation as to the approach used in treating the writing of history as a sort of “staging” or history itself as theater. It notes however that for the French Restoration the theatrical metaphor is not merely useful or suggestive as an approach to history; it holds the key to making sense of this fifteen-year period and to explaining its central place in the emergence of a modern democratic political culture in France. It further notes that the theater stands at the heart of its interpretation of early nineteenth-century France, and at center stage in one particular play: Molière's seventeenth-century comedy Tartuffe.

Keywords:   staging, history, theatrical metaphor, democratic political culture, France, early nineteenth-century, Tartuffe

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